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Universal Orlando to build its 5th hotel

Just months after finishing construction of its Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando announced Tuesday it will build a fifth hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, to open in the summer of 2016.

The new hotel will be built around a tropical lagoon and waterfall, and its decor will have a Caribbean theme. It will have 1,000 rooms, including 77 suites, as well as a pool and water slide, children’s play area, sand beach and fire pit.

When the hotel is completed, Universal will have 5,200 rooms on-site. By comparison, Disney-owned hotels at Walt Disney World Resort have about 24,000 rooms.

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